January 25, 2011

The Vandy Ten

The 2011 recruiting period is on it's final leg and the action has been heating up over on West End. New Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin and members of his new staff worked diligently behind the scenes during the holiday Dead Period and came out of the gate last week with a flurry of new offers and scheduled official visits in an effort to finish out the recruiting period on a high note.



VandySports.com has monitored some of the new staff's progress and provides another top ten of projection of targets the Commodores would like to secure by National Signing Day in February.



The VandySports.com Vandy Ten list is based on a combination of Rivals.com impact projections, Vanderbilt's level of interest, perceived position needs for the Commodores, VandySports.com's own impact projections, and the individual prospects perceived level of interest in the 'Dores.



It's VandySports.com's policy to not list any prospect that has committed to another program unless they are considered a soft verbal and have expressed major public attention to the Commodores.



Now, the latest edition of the Vandy Ten.




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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">style="font-weight: bold;">Adrian Amos
Towson, Md. � DB

6-1 200 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">Amos is one of Maryland's top defensive back prospects. A one-time U-Conn commitment, the Calvert Hall standout impressed many at the recent Crab Bowl with his fluidity, instincts, overall size and ability to play downhill against the run. Amos fill out into a linebacker at the next level but appears to be a solid strong safety prospect. He de-committed from U-Conn shortly after Randy Edsall left for Maryland and the Commodores were quick to offer. It is believed that he will visit Nashville in the future as well as a few other schools. His versatility makes him a valuable prospect for VU.

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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">style="font-weight: bold;">Darien Bryant
Pickerington, Ohio � TE/ATH

6-4 220 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">Quite possibly the most underrated prospect in the state of Florida right now, Caesar is seeing his stock grow with each passing week. A huge prospect with the grace and speed of a smaller receiver, Caesar has the look of a major No.1 target. He recently picked up offers from schools like Michigan State, Illinois and West Virginia and Vandy joined the group late last week. VU has looked for a receiver of his size and talent all year, and would love to get him on campus. Caesar currently has three officials lined up so unless VU can get a mid-week visit, it may be difficult to reel this big fish in.

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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">style="font-weight: bold;">Michael Eubank
Corona, Calif. � QB

6-5 235 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">One of the nation's most gifted quarterbacks, Eubank has wowed people in recent months with his athleticism, arm and leadership. The big and quick signal caller accounted for over 4,200 yards of total offense and 42 touchdowns while leading Centennial to a 14-1 record. Blessed with great quickness but perhaps and even better arm, Eubank committed to Arizona State over a month ago after a slow recruitment and though he seems firm at this time, VU has remained in contact throughout in hopes of getting the All-American candidate to take a trip out of Nashville. Other programs are still showing interest as well.

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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">style="font-weight: bold;">Joshua Grady
Tampa, Fla. � QB

6-1 195 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">One of the nation's top combo linemen, Elliott is known for his dominating run blocking and adequate flexibility in the passing game at Pensacola Catholic. A teammate of current Commodore commits Marquis Sumler and Shaun White, Elliott has been to the Vanderbilt campus for an unofficial visit and may take an official in January. Michigan was thought to be his favorite but the Wolverines are no longer involved. Ole Miss, Kentucky, Auburn and Michigan State are also involved. Elliott has nearly 20 FBS offers.

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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">style="font-weight: bold;">Anthony Harrell
Tampa, Fla. � LB

6-2 220 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">Athletic linebacker is considered one of Florida's best and has pulled in 20 plus offers since the spring. Harrell took an official visit to Vanderbilt in November and seemed to be quite interested in the 'Dores until VU made a coaching change. He has since committed to Wake Forest. However, it is believed that he would really like to play in the SEC and with VU's coaching situation now cleared up, the new staff is expected to continue to recruit the standout. Harrell was looking for early playing time, good competition and stability earlier this fall. Vanderbilt could offer all of that now.

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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">style="font-weight: bold;">Kameron Jackson
Madison, Ala. � CB/ATH

6-0 180 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">Athletic linebacker is considered one of Florida's best and has pulled in 20 plus offers since the spring. Harrell took an official visit to Vanderbilt in November and seemed to be quite interested in the 'Dores until VU made a coaching change. He has since committed to Wake Forest. However, it is believed that he would really like to play in the SEC and with VU's coaching situation now cleared up, the new staff is expected to continue to recruit the standout. Harrell was looking for early playing time, good competition and stability earlier this fall. Vanderbilt could offer all of that now.

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Point Pleasant Boro, N.J. � TE

6-5 230 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">One of the nation's top pass-catching tight ends, Malleck is currently a soft verbal to Maryland but many programs have been coming on including Vanderbilt. The New Jersey product secured offers from Vandy, Miami, Nebraska and North Carolina recently and plans to visit most of those schools before signing day. VU coaches like Malleck's athleticism and overall speed from the flex position and the three-star prospect looks to be an underrated blocker. He has the frame to add another 20 pounds for the next level as well. Malleck caught over 50 passes during the last two years and is considered the second best tight end in the state of New Jersey.

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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">style="font-weight: bold;">[db]Jermichael Selders
Houston, Texas � RB

5-10 180 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">One of the nation's top pass-catching tight ends, Malleck is currently a soft verbal to Maryland but many programs have been coming on including Vanderbilt. The New Jersey product secured offers from Vandy, Miami, Nebraska and North Carolina recently and plans to visit most of those schools before signing day. VU coaches like Malleck's athleticism and overall speed from the flex position and the three-star prospect looks to be an underrated blocker. He has the frame to add another 20 pounds for the next level as well. Malleck caught over 50 passes during the last two years and is considered the second best tight end in the state of New Jersey.

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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">style="font-weight: bold;">Jerron Seymour
Hialeah, Fla. � RB

5-8 185 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: CCCCCC;">A Rivals250 member, Sankey is one of the nation's top overall running back prospects. Rushed for over 2,600 yards and 40 touchdowns during his senior season at Spokane's Gonzaga Prep program and rushed for 2,100 yards and 18 scores as a junior. Sankey gets top speed very quickly, has great vision and cuts in and out of traffic with precision. Ranked No.18 at running back by Rivals, Sankey's been committed to Washington State since his junior year but has been wavering for months. Vanderbilt offered a few weeks back and he plans to visit at the end of the month. Originally from Ohio so distance does not appear to be a factor in his decision.

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style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">style="font-weight: bold;">Dillon van der Wal
Westlake Valley, Calif. � TE

6-7 230 pounds
style="vertical-align: top; background-color: FFFFFF;">A tall prospect with the frame to put on 20-30 more pounds, van der Wal could project to a number of positions on the next level. Rated by No.21 at tight end by Rivals.com, van der Wal is a solid blocker but has surprisingly soft hands. At defensive end, he also has the range and strength to bust off the line and get his hands on running backs and quarterbacks in the backfield. Committed to Arizona State a few months ago but that hasn't stopped schools from recruiting. Vandy offered in late December and would like him to visit before signing day. He remains committed but may take a trip before the end of the month.


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THE VANDY TEN









Also Considered: Demetris Anderson- Fort Pierce (Fla.), Jaleel Awini- Aurora (Colo.), Cameron Brown- Frisco (Texas), Josh Clemons- Fayetteville (Ga.), Jasper Coleman- Midlothian (Va.), Austin Franklin- Dallas (Texas), Larry Franklin- Vero Beach (Fla.), Ronnie Harris- Atlanta (Ga.), Jeremiah Hendy- Bowie (Md.), Nick Hill- Nashville (Tenn.), Kris Kentera- Colorado Springs (Colo.), DaSean Martin- Las Vegas (Nev.), Larry Mazyck- Fork Union (Va.), Terrance Plummer- Orange Park (Fla.), Bishop Sankey- Spokane (Wash.) and Tino Thomas- Memphis (Tenn.).


Note: The Vandy Ten is in no way an exact representation of the Vanderbilt coaching staff's actual player evaluations or ranking system. VandySports.com is a media website that is independently generated as part of the Rivals.com network.








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